Essentials of Heat and Fluid Flow in Porous Media: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Essentials of Heat and Fluid Flow in Porous Media

1st Edition

By Arunn Narasimhan

CRC Press

301 pages

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pub: 2012-11-05
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Knowledge of heat and fluid flow through porous media finds extensive applications in several engineering devices spanning four major divisions: mechanical, civil, chemical, and bioengineering. This textbook fills the knowledge-gap between available research monographs in porous media and basic thermo-fluids courses required to understand such monographs. Coverage includes fluid flow, conduction, convection, and radiation in porous media as well as porous medium aspects of biological systems. The book includes end-of-chapter problems and an appendix of useful convection correlations.

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts

Porous Medium Definition


Percolation and Tortuosity

Volume Averaging Procedure

Heat Conduction in Porous Media


Porous Medium Energy Equation

Effective Stagnant Thermal Conductivity

Unsteady Heat Conduction Aspects

Heat Generation Effects

Local Thermal Non-Equilibrium Effects

Fluid Flow through Porous Media

Historical Overview and Darcy Law

Permeability and Form Coefficient

Viscometry and Permeametry

Protocol for Permeability Measurement

Flow Transition

Brinkman Effect

Generalized Momentum Equation

Hydrodynamic Dispersion

Advanced Topics

Introduction to Turbulent Flow

Forced Convection through Porous Medium

Energy balance under flow

Forced Convection in Porous Medium over a Flat Plate

Forced Convection in Porous Medium Channel

Other Forced Convection Configurations

Transient Effects

Heat Transfer Enhancement Aspects

Natural Convection through Porous Medium

Basic Problem

Natural Convection Boundary Layers

Natural Convection inside Porous Enclosures

Mixed and Double-Diffusive Convection

Porous Medium Aspects of Biological Systems

Porous Medium Modelling in Bio-mass Transport

Porous Medium Modelling in Bio-heat Transport


Radiation Heat Transfer in Porous Medium

The Radiative Transfer Equation (R TE)

Radiative Property Measurement

Solving the RTE

Coupling ofRTE with other Heat Transfer Modes

Advanced Topics

Bi-disperse and Fractal Porous Media

Two-phase Flow through Porous Media

Variable Viscosity Porous Medium Flows

Upscaling Methodology

Applications in Manufacturing

Combustion in Inert Porous Media

Suggested Reading


About the Author

Dr. Arunn Narasimhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. His major research interests for the past ten years are heat and fluid flow in porous media and biological systems. His publications include six invited book chapters (two in the Handbook of Porous Media, Ed. Vafai), two invited review articles and over fifty peer reviewed research articles in international journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics